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11 August 2005

spotUnion split reflects crisis in US labour

THE national convention of the AFL-CIO trade union confederation in Chicago on 25 July, on the 50th anniversary of its foundation, saw it split into two blocs...

11 August 2005

spotGreek workers resist neo-liberal attacks

SINCE THE election of the conservative New Democracy government in Greece two years ago, severe attacks have been launched against working-class people...

11 August 2005

spotNorthern Ireland after the IRA statement: Why the 'peace process' continues to flounder

THE REACTION within Northern Ireland to the IRA statement ordering its units to "dump arms" says a lot more about the current state of the 'peace process' than the statement itself...

11 August 2005

spotRoyal Mail announce redundancies

THE ANNOUNCEMENT this week that Royal Mail intends to get rid of another 30,000 jobs is depressingly familiar...

11 August 2005

spotFirefighters defend life-saving services

SUFFOLK FIREFIGHTERS turned out in force on the picket lines on 2 and 5 August in their protest against the removal of turntable services from Bury St Edmunds and the loss of 12 frontline jobs...

11 August 2005

spotJournalists on all-out strike

LOW-PAID journalists at the Coventry Evening Telegraph, part of the Trinity Mirror Group, are now on indefinite strike over low pay...

11 August 2005

spotNo hospital closures

Patients before profits: A QUARTER of NHS trusts are running deficits and ten of them are running a deficit of £10 million and more...

11 August 2005

spotJustice for Heathrow's Gate Gourmet workers

IT IS now nearly two weeks since 800 Gate Gourmet workers were sacked at three minutesí notice on 10 August...

11 August 2005

spot60 years after Hiroshima: Nuclear proliferation makes socialist change more urgent

HIROSHIMA, 6 August 1945, 8am. The 'all clear' sounded, signalling the end of an air raid by US bombers. Workers and school children left...

11 August 2005

spotDewsbury: Uniting and organising against racism

After the London bombings...: EVENTS HAVE moved very rapidly in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, since the attempted bombings in London on 21 July...

11 August 2005

spotTrade unions must mobilise against terrorism, racism and war

THE PROPOSALS outlined by Blair and government ministers since 5 August amount to a severe government clampdown on civil liberties...

11 August 2005

spotDefend democratic rights

Workers' unity against war and terrorism: THE HORRIFIC terrorist attacks that have taken place in London and around the world have been condemned by the Socialist Party....

25 August 2005

spotHurricane Katrina: A disaster made worse by capitalism

IN THE immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina BRYAN KOULOURIS of Socialist Alternative (the Socialist Party's US counterpart) wrote the following article, which is an indictment of George Bush and the capitalist system he represents...

25 August 2005

spotChina/EU dispute: Crazy logic of the profit system

THE MEDIA has been resounding to waves of denunciation and counter-denunciation over the banning of imports of clothes from China to the European Union (EU) - the so-called 'bra wars'...

25 August 2005

spotPoland 1980: The rise and fall of Solidarnosc

ON 31 August this year, anti-working class capitalist leaders from across Europe were celebrating the recognition 25 years ago of the mass trade union movement called Solidarnosc (Solidarity)...

25 August 2005

spotISR backs Gate Gourmet workers

MEMBERS OF International Socialist Resistance (ISR) have been protesting in many areas outside Burger King...

25 August 2005

spotTUC must turn defiant words into effective deeds

THE FINAL agenda for the TUC Congress reveals a number of cracks which could lead to sharper divisions on key issues, like the anti-union laws, than experienced in previous years...

25 August 2005

spotBook your ticket now!

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25 August 2005

spotIraq 'Constitution' is no exit route for Bush and Blair

THE TRAGEDY of Baghdad - with almost 1,000 Shia pilgrims killed in Iraq's bloodiest day on 31 August - competes with the catastrophe of New Orleans in a kind of "league of horrors"...

25 August 2005

spotMarch against war and terrorism

THE DEVASTATION of Hurricane Katrina has exposed the impact of Bush's imperialist adventures domestically...

25 August 2005

spotBush lashed over hurricane catastrophe

THE EFFECTS of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and Mississippi could be the US's worst natural disaster, with a projected 10,000 or more people dead and its biggest refugee crisis since the American Civil War...

25 August 2005

spotHurricane Katrina exposes Bush's rotten capitalist system

THOUSANDS IN New Orleans and throughout the Gulf Coast have died of drowning, dehydration, starvation and lack of medical care...

25 August 2005

spotFirst bus company raises fares and cuts services

South Yorkshire: This time last year, Sheffield Socialist Party members were on picket lines supporting South Yorkshire First bus drivers striking for better pay...

25 August 2005

spotRolls Royce workers vote for strike

A clear majority of workers have voted to defend their Amicus convenor Jerry Hicks who was sacked by Rolls-Royce, Bristol, for defending two of his members...

25 August 2005

spotBuild Socialist Students and fight education cuts

The picture New Labour is painting for today's FE college students is bleak...

25 August 2005

spotCampaign stops health closure plan

Manchester: LAUREATE HOUSE Mental Health Unit in Manchester has been saved! Campaigning pressure by patient groups - helped by the Socialist Party's...

25 August 2005

spotLewisham Socialist Party councillors support suspended MSPs

Socialist Party councillors Ian Page and Chris Flood have written to protest at the suspension without pay of four Scottish Socialist Party MSPs...

25 August 2005

spotGaza withdrawal: Will Sharon's pull-out lead to 'peace'?

The Israeli government has now demolished all the Jewish settlements in the Gaza strip, with four more in the West Bank to follow...

25 August 2005

spotIraq: Bogged down in an unwinnable war

"WE ARE locked into a bogged down problem not dissimilar to where we were in Vietnam," lamented Republican Senator Chuck Hagel after US general Peter Schoomaker admitted that 100,000 troops would be...

25 August 2005

spotNo more police cover-ups

Jean Charles de Menezes: THE RECENT leaked report on the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes clearly shows what many local activists already suspected, that this was the murder of an innocent Brazilian man...

25 August 2005

spotGate Gourmet - solidarity action is vital

Gate Gourmet workers on the picket line - solidarity action is vital
THE BATTLE for the re-instatement of the 800 sacked Gate Gourmet workers is proving to be a defining moment in the class struggle in Britain...

25 August 2005

spotDefend workers rights

Gate Gourmet bosses sack 800 workers - on the picket line
Gate Gourmet bosses sack 800: "I WAS treated like a slave." These words from one of the sacked Gate Gourmet workers at Heathrow Airport sum up the brutal way these bosses treat their workers.

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